Kontra notes that Closing the Innovation Gap is not a book analyzing the effect of politics on innovation, but one that looks at the waning culture of innovation.
Here's an except from the review:
Closing the Innovation Gap is not a polemical book. A deeper analysis of how politics impacts innovation, perhaps a more Belt Way approach, is not Estrin’s focus. For example, how public funding of basic research leads to commercial application of technology and monetization by private interests or how governmental attempts to pick winners in various industries and technologies can backfire are not discussed in any detail. It is mostly an exposé of the varied facets of our innovation dilemma seen through the West Coast/Silicon Valley perspective. In that it excels.
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- ISBN-10: 0071499873
- ISBN-13: 978-0071499873